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Photo above: ‘A Silent Journey’ by Immanuel Abraham Mathew

If you live in Abu Dhabi, love photography and want to socialise with fellow photographers, the UAE Landscapers group is right up your alley.

Founded in February 2014 by three expats – Akhter Hasan from Bangladesh, Waheed Akhtar from Pakistan and Prakash Kumar Singh from India – it consists of almost 2,400 members of various nationalities and ages.

Prakash, who moved to Abu Dhabi from Calcutta in 2006, says, “I got into photography as a child, with my father, using an old film camera. But I only started using a digital camera two and a half years ago.

“I am an interior designer, so I always loved drawing, sketching and of course taking pictures. I met Akhter and Waheed during a photography event and we decided to create UAE Landscapers to share our knowledge, learn from others and bring together people who love photography.”

Prakash says, “All levels are welcome, and no special equipment is needed. A point-and-shoot camera is fine. If you want to learn about photography, you can do so using basic equipment.”

The group meets monthly for a photo walk on Thursday nights or Fridays. Most meetings are free but some cost AED 20. The next photo walk will be an overnight camping trip in Liwa, focusing on night photography, on 19th March.

The group also invites international photographers to lead workshops for members. The next one will be hosted in April or May by Canadian Dave Brosha, whose photos include arctic landscapes.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Laura Volpi


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